Entire Electoral System is Corrupt says Clive Palmer!
Mining magnate Clive Palmer says he won’t win the Queensland seat of Fairfax because the entire electoral system is corrupt.
The Australian Electoral Commission website has Mr Palmer as the frontrunner in the race for the Sunshine Coast seat, with 51.83 per cent of the vote after preferences.
But the Palmer United Party (PUP) founder says his Liberal National Party rival Ted O’Brien is likely to get over the line by just a few hundred votes.
“I’d be highly surprised if I won,” he told The Gutter Trash earlier today.
“But there’s absolutely no way I will win based on voting irregularities and the security of the ballots.”
Mr Palmer says if he fails to win Fairfax, two PUP candidates expected to be elected to the Senate will block Tony Abbott’s policies unless electoral reform is promised.
“We think it’s a corrupt system. Until that’s sorted out Abbott won’t be getting any legislation through the Senate with our support,” Mr Palmer said.
Mr Palmer said there were vast discrepancies between results at polling booths and postal votes, which were counted later.
“At Coolum Beach, the vote for me was in the order of 60 per cent, but then the AEC suddenly announced a pre-poll and postal vote of about 37 per cent,” he said.
“Those pre-poll and postal votes were meant to be counted before the booths were. The AEC told us they would be.”
Mr Palmer says his scrutineers weren’t allowed into some counting rooms, nor were they provided with copies of AEC officials’ signatures to check against signatures on ballot papers.
The PUP founder also said it was wrong that people didn’t have to provide identification to vote, and used pencils rather than ink to fill in ballot papers.
PENCIL VOTES A JOKE!
“Having votes marked in pencil is just a joke,” he said.
“Even in Zimbabwe you have to mark you thumb with ink and have identification. What’s to stop one guy to go into 10 different polling booths and voting 10 times?”
He also said ballots weren’t secured overnight, and were simply kept in large plastic bags that were vulnerable to tampering.
CALLS FOR UNITED NATIONS INTERVENTION!
“They should be kept under lock and key, the ballot boxes should also be sealed and signed by each party’s scrutineers and only opened in the morning by those same scrutineers,” Mr Palmer said.
“That always happens in other countries. Why not here? Maybe Australians are just apathetic.
“If there were UN observer here this would be regarded as an unfair election.”